KERR JUMPS INTO VICTORY IN BEANTOWN
Kerr (above) continued his impressive freshman season with two top finishes last Sunday
Kerr (above) continued his impressive freshman season with two top finishes last Sunday

March 3, 2014

BOSTON, Mass. — Freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) has had an impressive first collegiate season for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), and this past Sunday was no different as he jumped his way to victory in the long jump at Boston University’s Last Chance Meet at the school’s Track and Tennis Center.

Kerr won the long jump with his distance of 7.21 meters, his fourth best finish this season. With his win, Jared has earned five wins in the long jump, with two more wins in relays and one win in the triple jump. Jared fell just short of his second triple jump win last Sunday as well, finishing second with a distance of 14.05 meters. 

Freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) earned a fifth place finish in the 3000 meter with a time of 8:25.91,  and that time bested his previous top time this season of 8:31.25 for a new school record. The time also earned him qualification into the IC4A/ECAC championships, making him the first male distance runner in UMES history to do so.  

Other top finishers for the Hawks includes senior Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica), who finished second in the men’s 60 meter dash with a time of seven seconds flat, and junior Gayon Evans’ (Clarendon, Jamaica) second place finish in the women’s 60 meter dash with a time of 7.61 seconds. Senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) earned two top five finishes—a third place time of 21.85 seconds in the 200 meter dash and a fourth place time of 47.88 seconds in the 400 meter dash. Waite and Junior Hackeem Harris (Wilmington, Del.) were right behind Chatman in the 200 meters with a fourth place finish for Waite (21.94 seconds) and a fifth place finish for Harris (22.14 seconds). Junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) continued his stellar season with a second place mark in the shot put at a distance of 17.50 meters.

The meet concludes the regular season and the team can now move on to two postseason tournaments. First up is the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Boston, and the Hawks will send a healthy number of athletes to the competition. For the men, Waite and senior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) qualified in the 60 and 200 meter dash, while Harris qualified in the 200 meter as well. Chatman also will go to Boston, qualifying in two races, the 200 and 400 meter races. Rmidi earned qualification in the 3000 meter race with last Sunday’s performance, and the 4x400 relay team of Chatman, Waite, Kerr and Spencer passed the grade with a time of 3:15.05 at the Columbia Invitational in New York last February. Kerr has qualified in the long and triple jumps, and freshman Nicarge Arnold (Castries, St. Lucia) will join Jared in the long jump. Simon has long past earned qualification in two events, and he will be joined by junior Rico Duncan (Cheverly, Md.) in the shot put and senior George Chandler (Birdsnest, Va.) in the weight throw.

On the women’s side, Evans has qualified in three races—the 60, 200 and 400 meter races—and sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) earned qualification in the 500 meter and 800 meter runs. Two relay teams, one in the women’s 4x400 and the other in the women’s 4x800, will travel to Boston and finally, graduate student Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) qualified in the triple jump.  

The IC4A/ECAC competition will be a three-day event beginning this Friday, taking place in the same location as last Sunday’s meet at Boston University.